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Exercises You Can Do with Your Elderly Loved One

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One of the easiest ways for seniors to maintain their health is by getting into better shape. If you have an elderly loved one who needs to exercise more, you’ll have an easier time of convincing him or her if you participate as well. The Placer County senior care experts at Home Care Assistance have a few suggestions for getting fit together.

Go for a Walk

Walking is one of the easiest exercise regimens for people of all ages to begin and maintain. All you and your loved one need are comfortable shoes and a few spare minutes. Walking is a joint-friendly form of aerobic exercise that can boost your loved one’s energy and endurance and enhance his or her cardiovascular health. If there are no good sidewalks or walking trails nearby, try heading to the nearest mall or shopping center for a stroll. There is a good chance you will find other seniors and younger family members doing the same thing.

Exercise to a Video

There are a number of exercise videos available on DVD or online geared specifically toward seniors. These videos can help your loved one build and maintain flexibility and muscle strength, and many of the exercises can even be performed from a seated position. You can also make the exercises more challenging for yourself by doing them from a standing position or by adding additional movements or weights.

Hit the Pool

Water is the perfect exercise medium because the body’s weight is completely supported, which means there is little risk of joint or muscle injury. Simply walking back and forth in the water can help your loved one build muscle mass and increase joint mobility, and you can even incorporate aerobic activity by tossing a ball back and forth.

Lift Weights

Weight training can help your loved one build muscle strength, which can make it easier for him or her to perform daily tasks. Weight training does not have to involve heavy barbells or intimidating machines at a gym. Your loved one can use light dumbbells, resistance bands, or even cans from your pantry to do a few curls as you follow along using heavier weights.

If your loved one needs a partner to encourage and assist with exercise, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our dedicated caregivers can help your loved one stay fit and help with a wide array of other daily tasks. We also offer specialized Parkinson’s, stroke, and dementia care Placer County, Granite Bay, and Folsom families trust. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our friendly Care Managers today at 916.226.3737.